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  • Infant Blood Collection

    Collecting Blood on Newborns Here"s a quick refresher on collecting blood on babies.The recommended location for blood collection on a newborn is the bottom of the heel ... it has the best capillary bed. After positively identifying the patient, pre-warm the infant's heel (no hotter than 42 degrees Celsius for 3 to 5 minutes) to increase the flow of blood.The blood speci...

  • What OSHA Has to Say about Employers, Needles, & Safety

    Is My Employer Breaking the Rules? Every so often, particularly after a "close call- with a needle procedure, the question arises...

  • Simulation Technology Arrives for Phlebotomists

    Beginners / Experts Can Sharpen Their Skills Just when you think you"ve seen everything, there"s a new simulation program just for honing your phleb...

  • Iowa Court Okays Phlebotomists to Draw Blood for DUIs

    The Case that Got Thrown Out Jerel Green was injured in a single-vehicle accident and was transported to a hospital for treatment. The circumstances of the crash led...

  • The Dangers Lurking in the World of Phlebotomy

    Blood Tube Holders:One Use Only The National Phlebotomy Association (NPA), headquartered in Landover, Maryland, has issued a safety alert regarding tube holders.The ...

  • The Legal Troubles Facing Phlebotomists

    What Can Go Wrong? Negligence is the major reason that a phlebotomist"s employer can be sued.For example, one recent successful lawsuit was the result of the technician failing to confirm...

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